CZW AT ECW ARENA LIVE REPORT MARCH 8, 2003
Scrap Dog Reporting
CZW returned to Viking Hall, formerly The ECW Arena, on 3/8/03 for what turned out to be a very good show.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â The show was a set up for The Best of the Best Tournament scheduled for April 12th.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â
In the opener, Justice beat Steve Madison, with Ron Niemi, and Jennelle Clark in the first round of ZandigÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚Â¢s Trifecta.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â This was a very good opener that got the crowd into the card.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Justice has a great look.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â He looks like Psicosis did back in 1995.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â He was very good and would be worth bringing back.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Steve Madison also had an excellent showing and I would also like to see him brought back.
Jon Dahmer and Corey Kastle beat Jude and Niles Young, with G.Q., in a teacher-student (Dahmer is the teacher, the rest are students) match.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â This was a better match than anyone could have hoped for.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Compared to the Dahmer/Jude match last month, this was leaps and bound better.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â After the match, G.Q. turned on Jude and Niles Young.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â
Menace defeated Loco and Dunn & Marcos, whom worked as a tag team in the Trifecta three- way dance.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â This was another good match.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Dunn and Marcos must have been paying attention to all that Ring of Honor work (they work as jobbers in ROH) because they looked very good tonight.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â
RockinÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚Â¢ Rebel, Greg Matthews, & Z-Barr beat Hurricane Kid, Derek Fraizer, & Maxx and Iceberg, Tank Tolliman, and Dead End in what was a cluster of a match.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Iceberg and Tank both took bumps into thumbtacks.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Also, after the match, Derek Fraizer joined RebelÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚Â¢s Army.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Before the match, Rebel asked Matthews and Barr where his belt was because he wanted to whip CZW into shape.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Afterwards, Zandig ran out and whipped RebelÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚Â¢s Army with a weight belt, presumably RebelÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚Â¢s belt Z-Barr and Matthews didnÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚Â¢t have.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â This set up Zandig vs. Rebel in a Strap Match with thumbtacks for Best of the Best.
Zandig then took the mic and ripped into a columnist named Eric Walker, who was sitting in the audience.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â The story behind this is that Walker had posted earlier in the week that Zandig had a big announcement he was going to make.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Zandig said that wasnÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚Â¢t true, that Walker had to check his sources and that if he ever had an announcement to make it would be made here in the ring or on CZWWrestling.com.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â I donÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚Â¢t know who is right or wrong here, but Zandig did end the interview by saying he was working on something big and his financial guy was here tonight.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â
Jimmy Rave beat Mayhem and El Diabolico in the third Trifecta match.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â This match was ok but nothing special.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Rave had a lot of fans cheering for him, which made me wonder if he had fans from Wildside come up from the show.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â
Tony Mamaluke made Nick Berk tap out to win a spot in the Best of the Best Tournament.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Berk is lucky he wasnÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚Â¢t seriously injured, as he went to suplex Mamaluke outside the ring but he slipped and fell cracking his head on the floor.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â He had major juice on the back of his head from that.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â This was a good match and probably would have been better if Berk didnÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚Â¢t KO himself.
Ian Knoxx beat Chris Stylez after a Keg shot to the head.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â These two used to be tag partners as The Irish Drinking Team.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â This was a decent match and I thought the finish was really good.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â
The BackSeat Boys (Trent Acid & Johnny Kashmere) and Dewey Donovan did an in ring interview.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â They really had nothing to say, but they got major heat by telling the few fans that were throwing change at them to stop or they would leave.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Of course, the whole crowd started throwing change at them.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Kashmere told the fans they better stop because they were going to run out of money to buy food.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â
Ric Blade beat Johnny Kashmere in a Baseball Bats match to win a spot in the Best of the Best Tournament.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â While IÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚Â¢m not a fan of BladeÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚Â¢s work, this match was very good and they used the bat spots perfectly.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â
In the finals of the Trifecta tournament, Jimmy Rave beat Menace and Justice to earn a shot in the Best of the Best.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Rave finished both men off with armbars.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â
Chris Cash and Jr. Champion Ruckus wrestled to a double DQ after both men kept accidentally hitting special ref Sonjay Dutt.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â This was a short match that was booked perfectly.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â In the end, this set up Cash vs. Sonjay vs. Ruckus in the Best of the Best.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â
Nick Mondo retained the Iron Man title in a match with Trent Acid.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â The finish was some sick stuff.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â There were 6 chairs set up in the ring and a table on top of the corner (ala Chris Benoit and Sabu in ECW).ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Oh yeah, there were shards of glass dumped on the chairs.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Mondo then hit a top rope Assault Driver to finish Acid off.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â It was a great finish to a good match.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â
In the main event The H8 Club beat Messiah & B-Boy after Gage brainbustered Messiah.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â This was a good match with some sick spots.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Afterwards, the Backseat Boys ran in, followed by Nick Mondo and Ric Blade.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â They set up Nick Gage against Messiah for the World title and Ric Blade vs. Trent Acid vs. Tony Mamaluke for Best of the Best.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â
Overall, this was a much better effort than the last card.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â
Notes:ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Attendance was about 450-500.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â IÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚Â¢ve read elsewhere attendance figures being around 700 and there is no way 700 people were there.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â It was a solid crowd but nowhere near 700 peopleÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¦Backstage there was an XPW sign that must have been left over from XPWÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚Â¢s run in the buildingÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¦As big as CZW has become, if they really want to break out of the stigma of just another indy show, they need to do a few things.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â First off, having workers come out during intermission and talking to fans is just unacceptable.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â It just screams bush league.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Also, CZWÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚Â¢s photographer wearing RuckusÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚Â¢ bandanna and messing around with fans just makes things in the ring seem unimportant.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â When I worked on the ECWWrestling.com there was one thing I was made clear not to do.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â DonÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚Â¢t do anything to make the company look bad or bush league and donÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚Â¢t show up anyone.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Now, none of this stuff will be seen on TV.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Live, though, itÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚Â¢s little things like this that really bother me because I know other fans see it and think this is so minor/bush leagueÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¦And finally on the topic of minor league, CZW kept making a big deal that they were going to have a special bell time of 7:00 PM.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Well, of course the doors didnÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚Â¢t even open until 7:11 PM.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â The show didnÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚Â¢t start until well after 8 PM.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â If they ever hope to expand, they need to get their act together in terms of organization and starting on timeÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¦And one last point that needs to be made.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â When fans were pelting the BackSeat Boys with change, it was obvious the CZW Security or ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬Ãƒâ€¦Ã¢â‚¬Å“yellow shirtsÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â could not control the crowd.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â They may want to look into bringing in Atlas because if the crowd every got out of control, there would be no way to stop the madness.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â ECW fans were afraid of Atlas security and I didnÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚Â¢t get that feeling when watching CZWÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚Â¢s security trying to stop the fansÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¦.Overall though, this was a very entertaining show.